- In this classic short story by Arthur C. Clarke, the remnants of a now-destroyed civilization are found within the Phoenix Nebula, the leftovers of a supernova that was once visible from Earth. Name it!
- The play “A Dixie Christmas Carol,” an adaptation of Dickens’ classic tale, was written by what well-known SF author?
- In Allen Steele’s Hugo-nominated “Zwarte Piet’s Tale,” Santa Claus comes to the colonies on what planet?
- Jack McDevitt’s “Promises to Keep” is the story of a mission to save a woman stranded on Callisto five Christmases previously. Callisto is one of which planet’s moons?
- This author’s “The Pony” is a cautionary tale about getting just what you want for Christmas. Name the author, who writes of Impossible Things!
- In this 1964 movie “classic,” the Martians kidnap Santa because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents. Name this Christmas turkey!
- These authors, proteges of Philip K. Dick, collaborated on “We Traverse Afar,” a bittersweet story of love and loss at Christmastime. They sometimes write as “William Ashbless.” Name them!
- In Isaac Asimov’s “The Heavenly Host,” a young colonist and an alien help an entire planet find The True Meaning of Christmas(tm). What do the colonists call the aliens?
- In this classic Christmas episode of The Twilight Zone, Art Carney is a drunken department-store Santa who finds a magic bag. What was its title?
- In Futurama’s only Christmas episode, what does the 8-foot-tall Santa robot do if he finds you on Christmas Eve?
(Answers below the fold)
- “The Star.” The supernova had been the Star of Bethlehem
- Orson Scott Card
- Connie Willis
- Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Side note: This features Pia Zadora as Girmar, one of the Martian kids (she started doing bad movies early).
- Tim Powers and James Blaylock
- D) Wheels
- Night of the Meek. Legend has it Serling wrote the episode just to see Art Carney play Santa Claus.
- He rips your head off and stuffs you full of toys. The robot, voiced by John Goodman, has a malfunction in his program that makes him think everybody is naughty.